It's very Shakespearean and I think that's what truly drove this film… MoreIt's very Shakespearean and I think that's what truly drove this film to success on many fronts. "Dawn" takes an unquestionably classical story of kings, betrayal, sacrifice, family, etc. and throws it through a modernized blender of dystopian Sci Fi.
The plot although somewhat obvious is intelligently written. Just the sheer amount of underlying themes of racism, the nature of war, mass politics alone can keep you interested for quite awhile but the characters are also relatable and lack of a better word incredibly "human". There's always a core of emotional resonance with every scene so even though we're bombarded with a lot of action at times, we're heavily invested as viewers.
Also I was absolutely astounded by the range of expressions you can get from the Apes, the motion capture and actors flawlessly make Caesar, Blue Eyes, Koba etc. all as readable individuals and it's just something marvellously fascinating to watch.
'Rise" made me crave for more and I'm just so happy that this sequel managed to deliver and more some. Truly a great among the foray of CGI-action-fest films that Hollywood's been churning out in recent years.
It's not a train wreck, that's for sure. But for every great scene of… MoreIt's not a train wreck, that's for sure. But for every great scene of emotional, moral tension brought by Oldman and Kinnaman it takes several steps back with Jackson, Keaton and Haley's completely unbelievable, overly comical characters.
I did enjoy the satirical political themes explored with the plot, but just the way everything was handled came off painfully juvenile. People may say this remake was more believable, but that just tells me how completely unreal the original must've been.
The action sequences are also pretty subpar for this day and age. Between all the Marvel films, Bay's Transformers and all that business there's just much more to be desired for a Sci Fi franchise.
Funny, edgy, well written and it's refreshing to see Bateman in… MoreFunny, edgy, well written and it's refreshing to see Bateman in something good since I was disappointed with a couple of his earlier films (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief)
To enjoy this film you really have to be able to take things amorally. Otherwise the premise, and even a lot of the humor will just come off as "mean". But really Guy is as "anti" as antiheroes can get.
Unfortunately the film never seems to really take things off the deep end and stumbles into an unexpected area of family-feel good plot points as all the motive and mystery behind Guy's quest are revealed.
Still it never tries too hard to be funny, clever or even insightful and that's really where the beauty lies in the movie. It's just a story friendship, vengeance and closure for a plain, honest, angry guy and a loner kid.
If the original 300 were a video game, I would say this was a shitty… MoreIf the original 300 were a video game, I would say this was a shitty expansion pack that added a whole galore of unsolicited content for the sake of miking the franchise than a sequel (or prequel, whatever.)
Every time the film made an effort to take a step forward for itself it would take two steps back by making a flash back or reference to the original. This over reliance on the former gave very little room for RoaE to have any voice of its own.
In the end all the visuals and over-the-top CGI shenanigans are but a hollow shell, trying to replicate "legendary" thrills without the substance or context to back it up.
Unfortunate really, Eva Green had a phenomenal performance. If only the script wasn't bound down by an established continuity.
Probably shouldn't walk into this one if you're not a fan of the… MoreProbably shouldn't walk into this one if you're not a fan of the series, I don't know, it just doesn't feel like much of a movie with a relatively tame approach to direction akin to the TV show.
The selling point is really closure for the franchise, while delivering a moderately entertaining crime procedural, fluffy romance and a whee bit of thrill.
It plays it too safe, I was actually hoping to see a time-skipped matured Veronica would give the creators a chance to take the character further but everything about the movie is for better or for worse, just another episode of "Veronica Mars"
Basically, Hollywood caters to 12 year old boys now. T2 is bigger and… MoreBasically, Hollywood caters to 12 year old boys now. T2 is bigger and dumber in every sense of those words.
The story is silly and overly comical. The characters and relationships are less believable, the villains, battles and explosions are all bigger, clumsier and just an untamed mess of explosive adrenaline.
Everything about this movie is like the first, but proportionally bigger for all the wrong reasons. The drama is contrive, the action is over the top... it's just annoyingly juvenile.
I'd give this 1 star if I wasn't a sucker for well choreographed… MoreI'd give this 1 star if I wasn't a sucker for well choreographed action, enticing visuals and seemingly real robots shooting and slicing each other up.
Shia Lebouf was already awful, giving him a script with verbal diarrhea didn't help. Megan Fox's character never felt convincing and I was pretty sure I'd shoot myself if I had to put up with any more pop-comedy and it's pathetic reach for the "young and hip generation"
The story was embarrassingly senseless, with sprawling progressions that seemed about as coherent as a child's imagination. The climatic end is nothing more but a hollow cliche.
All in all, it's a shallow endeavor that's only worth watching for the visuals. Some might argue that's enough but I don't know.
This movie never had a chance with critics. The franchise had an awful… MoreThis movie never had a chance with critics. The franchise had an awful start there's no doubt about it and will forever be a CGI action orgy, but DotM actually makes an effort with a coherent sensible story and character intrigue.
Transformers 3 isn't as dumb as its predecessors and definitely boasters enough of a spectacle to be worth every bang of your buck. The story's not as simple and shallow as skeptics claim, with enough twists and turns in the first 1/3 to keep the viewers interested. (but then predictably stumbles into an action-orgy as things draw to an end)
It's nowhere near being a masterpiece, there are some glaring issues with the dialogue/script that needed tightening and quite a few plot holes that weren't addressed. (Why not nuke the city? Where was the entire US army?) but I can forgive a lot of this because many also ignored the issues with Cameron's cliche filled world of "Avatar"
The biggest highlight of this movie is the sheer entertainment value. The visuals are absolutely astounding to the point where I was having a hard time processing the volume of amusement that was being handed to me.
For an alien invasion, action flick, that started with a little boy/frat boy demographic; Transformers 3 exceeds expectations. It's a great watch if you give it a chance rather than letting the first 2 films sour expectations.
Anderson's stylistic approach makes light of and fantasizes often… MoreAnderson's stylistic approach makes light of and fantasizes often dreary, sophisticated themes creating adult fairytales. The Grand Budapest Hotel is no exception and compartmentalizes a thrilling wondrous adventure into a world and time that's seemingly impossible of such things.
What sticks out in this film is not only how his focus on quirky storytelling juxtaposes many of the darker occurrences of Gustave's tale, but also how it was acknowledged from Zero's recollection as a fantasy. That the beauty, charm, and humor that we were all enjoying was simply in a man... too "civil" for this world.
It's an interesting character study of illusion and one's ability to create a veil of existence that's even contagious to those around him. The idealized romance between Zero and Agatha, successful escape from prison, reclamation of his innocence and rise to fortune was all just so slightly mired with murder, sacrifice, and untimely deaths all around. It's like a careful dance between a dream and actuality.
I recall 2012's "Life of Pi", where I feel that movie failed this succeeded by utilizing a comedic undertone to capture the viewer's imagination before deconstructing it's beauty with harsh realities. There's an endless supply of offbeat laughs and thrills before we're brought to a cathartic conclusion.
After Moonrise Kingdom disappointed me a bit I'm relieved to say The Grand Budapest Hotel is one of Anderson's best and fans of his work will most definitely enjoy it. Those who aren't? Just the same.
A laugh-heavy title, Neighbors is one, long, frat joke and if you're… MoreA laugh-heavy title, Neighbors is one, long, frat joke and if you're into that sort of thing then the humor really gets you. It's not particularly clever, no, but the delivery of the jokes really do go a long way and there are some imaginative gags (air bags!) that are definitely commendable.
Still humor can only take you so far. With a simple plot and a contrive, too-little-too-late approach to coming of age themes in character growth everything turns out to be a relatively shallow affair.
Neighbors is a forgettable but fun time to be had, mostly saved by a great cast that knows how to deliver a good punch line.